Landmark New Jersey Condominium Structural Inspection Law to Enhance Safety and Compliance



In a bid to ensure the safety and structural integrity of condominiums and cooperatives, New Jersey has recently implemented a groundbreaking Structural Inspection Law.  Signed into law on January 8, 2024, P.L.2003, c.214, S2760/A4384, (to read the entire statute click here) aims to establish a framework for regular inspections of condominium and cooperative buildings, addressing potential structural issues and safeguarding the well-being of residents. The law comes in response to growing concerns about the aging infrastructure of condominiums and cooperatives and the need for standardized inspection procedures.  This innovative legislation applies to condominium associations and to cooperative associations.


Key Provisions of the Law:

  1. Mandatory Periodic Inspections:

– The law mandates that condominium associations and cooperatives must conduct periodic structural inspections of their buildings. The frequency and scope of these inspections are outlined in the legislation, considering factors such as the age and size of the condominium complex.

  1. Licensed Structural Engineers:

– Only licensed structural engineers are authorized to perform these inspections. This ensures that professionals with the necessary expertise assess the structural components of the condominium buildings.

  1. Comprehensive Assessment:

– The inspections cover a comprehensive range of structural elements, including but not limited to foundations, load-bearing walls, roofs, beams, facades, girders, supports, balconies, and other critical components. The goal is to identify any signs of deterioration, damage, or potential hazards.

  1. Documentation and Reporting:

– Following the inspection, structural engineers are required to provide detailed reports to the condominium or cooperative association. These reports must outline any identified issues, recommendations for remediation and a timeline for addressing the concerns.

  1. Reserve Funds and Budgeting:

– Condominium associations are now required to establish reserve funds for addressing structural repairs and maintenance based on the findings of the inspections. Adequate budgeting ensures that necessary repairs can be promptly carried out, preventing further deterioration.

  1. Enforcement and Penalties:

– The law specifies enforcement mechanisms and penalties for non-compliance. Condominium associations failing to adhere to the inspection requirements may face fines, legal consequences, or potential evacuation orders if severe structural risks are identified and not addressed promptly.


Benefits and Implications:

  1. Enhanced Resident Safety:

– The primary objective of the law is to prioritize the safety of condominium residents by proactively addressing structural issues before they escalate into serious threats.

  1. Preservation of Property Values:

– Regular inspections and timely repairs contribute to the preservation of property values. Proactive maintenance ensures that condominiums remain attractive and structurally sound, thus maintaining or increasing their market value.

  1. Standardization and Accountability:

– The law sets a standardized framework for inspections, bringing consistency to the process. It holds condominium associations accountable for maintaining their properties and ensures that inspections are conducted by qualified professionals.



New Jersey’s Condominium Structural Inspection Law marks a significant step toward ensuring the safety and longevity of condominium buildings. By prioritizing regular inspections and addressing structural concerns promptly, the legislation aims to create a safer and more secure living environment for residents while preserving property values. It sets a precedent for other jurisdictions to consider similar measures in the interest of public safety and community well-being.

Remember that the specific requirements and procedures can vary depending on your association’s condition and rules and regulations, so it is crucial to consult with legal professionals to ensure a smooth and legally compliant process.


Thomas C. Martin, Esq.,


Price, Meese, Shulman & D’Arminio, P.C.

February 29, 2024